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The official podcast for Sega Mania Magazine! We discuss our latest issues, our personal issues and gaming issues!

The official podcast for Sega Mania Magazine! We discuss our latest issues, our personal issues and gaming issues!


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The official podcast for Sega Mania Magazine! We discuss our latest issues, our personal issues and gaming issues!






Ep. 18: Egging a Parper

Sega Mania Magazine brings you your slightly unusual dose of madness as we press on in our new four-man podcast format. Alex, Rob, Steve and Simon won't let you down though, it's still nearly two hours of chuffin' nonsense. The Mega Drive rankings enter the year of 1994, covered by Issue 5 of our wonderful magazine, and we begin with Sonic 3, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Pete Sampras Tennis, and ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron. Will Sonic 3 top our list? Will it even be the top...


Ep. 17: Revenge of the Steve

Steve's back! In fact, everybody's back for this likely final seven-man episode of the pod. We'll be switching to a rotating foursome moving forward, so drink in the madness of too many cooks while it lasts! There's a discussion about naughty words and how they affect a film's ranking for reasons I've already forgotten and can't be bothered to check, but it's all a weird segue into a big chat about our time in Blackpool for Play Expo 2022. The Mega Drive game rankings then resume, as we...


Ep. 16: Queuing for a Wii

We've got a special focus for this episode, where we talk about a game soon to feature on the back cover of Sega Mania Magazine issue 7 - Sonic Triple Trouble 16-bit from @NoahNCopeland We wax lyrical on just how impressive and 90s Sega-reminiscent it is, marvel at how well it runs, and implore you to keep your eyes peeled for more info in the upcoming magazine. You can grab a copy of the game here: We had a very special listener...


Ep. 15: Listener Questions Special!

It seems the fallout from The Streets of Rage 2 Incident has given rise to a short hiatus for the Mega Drive rankings, and what better way to plug that gap than by answering questions from you lovely lot! We smashed through our backlog of listener emails, answering questions about our first gaming memories, most recent games we bought, our preferences for movie watching, games we want to see remade, and loads more. It's basically a two-hour long tangent. We'll have a very special ranking...


Ep. 14: Jungle Slurp

We introduce our newest member of the Sega Mania mag/pod crew this episode, as Tom joins in the madness that is quickly becoming the messiest ranking of Mega Drive games in existence (as well as the best). We're still going through Issue 4's games (from 1993), laying down judgement almighty upon Jungle Strike, FIFA International Soccer, Sensible Soccer, TMHT: The Hyperstone Heist, Bubsy In: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, and Shining Force. We have a letter from a weasel that asks us...


Ep. 13: What if Nessie is a Dinosaur Ghost?

The Sega Mania crew - Alex, Rob, Simon and Sam - bring more maniacal Sega-fuelled fun straight into your ears. This episode, we tried very hard to follow overlord Tim's decree to not talk about poopies and peepees, so you'll have to hear how well we did there. Rankings continue to dominate our lives as we run the collective rule over the second batch of games from Issue 4 of the magazine, which covered 1993. Shinobi III, Cool Spot, Mortal Kombat, Streets of Rage II, Micro Machines, and WWF...


Sega Mania Extra: Meet the Maniac Ep.1 - Rob Kirkup

The very first podcast in our Meet the Maniac series, sees us interview magazine writer Rob Kirkup. We ask Rob about his history with Sega and gaming, how he joined the magazine, what his favourite boss fight is, and many more gaming related questions. The most important question of all however, was "What is your favourite ghost?". If you love hearing Rob's tales about the spooky and unexplained then this is an episode you do not want to miss!


Ep. 12: Gurt Mania

We're Sega Maniacs, Maniacs, that's for sure, and we're podcasting like we never have before. Actually, it's quite similar to how we have before. Except, instead of starting the episode talking about taking our britches to brown town, we have a chat about having a lovely sit-down wee. Where do you (not) stand on this contentious issue, you pissers? Rankings are the main order du jour, and this episode is basically a hall of fame. Gracing us with their immaculate presence are Street Fighter...


Ep. 11: Fudge Pants Forrester

The Sega Mania crew is back once again with more fantastic tales of filling our pants with bum gravy and getting stuck in a nun's back passage. What else would you expect? It's also new issue time, so we once again talk up the merits of the brilliant magazine we risked our relationships and sanity to put together. If it's insight into what went on behind the scenes of the UK's first retro Sega mag you want, then you're in for a treat! Then, of course, we get back to the rankings in better...


Ep. 10: Helmet Special

Happy Friday, Maniacs (Sorry, Tim)! The Sega Mania Podcast is back with more of what you love from the guys you tolerate. Well, less of them this time as it's a five-man pod. It's just a little Steve and Sam-less, it's still good, it's still good! First up, we chat about the long-ago promised Game We Missed: M.U.S.H.A. This blistering vertical-scrolling shooter gets a proper going over by the lads, with a hefty inserted discussion on how expensive retro games are these days, and the most...


Ep. 9: Sam’s Never Seen an Owl

We're all business this episode. Well... until the listener questions push us off the rails, but that's your fault. You did that. We dive straight into the rankings of six more games from Issue 3 (1992), running the rule over Steel Talons, Batman, Alien 3, Taz-Mania, Thunder Force IV and Splatterhouse 2. Once that's out of our system, we jump into a lovely listener question about what games we'd want to relive with our kiddywinks, and a four-year-old makes up some names for everyone. Also,...


Ep. 8: Here Comes A New Challenger!

We're now a magnificent seven instead of a sinister six! Please welcome new staff member David to his maiden podcast recording! To go easy on him, we paused the rankings for a week and instead went back to a Game We Missed that we missed. Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure is a game we didn't include in Issue 4, so we all had a go at it here. Some liked it, some hated it. What do you think? We then dive into a big chunk of listener questions (we're running out now, so get 'em...


Ep. 7: Greta FUNberg

It's time, maniacs, for yet another episode of our glorious podcast. This time, rather than playing the promised 'game we missed' we have a big circle jerk over Issue 5 of the magazine, because it won't sell itself now will it? We've got behind the scenes insight into a variety of the upcoming reviews (including the game that broke Sam), Steve tells us all about his interview with the creator of ToeJam & Earl, Rob reveals the scoop on a certain popstar's connection to the music in Sonic 3,...


Ep. 6: Above Columns, Below Golden Axe

We're back once again for more Sega Mania Podcast madness! Apologies this is coming out a bit late, but our big mean overlord told us we had to finish off some poxy magazine so we crunched on that and Alex didn't have time to edit this absolute mammoth episode until now. We carry on the new tradition of covering a game we missed in the magazine with Robocop vs The Terminator, and it's an absolute banger. No more Alex the Kidd anger here, folks! Part 2 is the continuation of ranking every...


Ep. 5: We Have Another Rank and We Have Another Cry

This is definitely our most Sega episode yet of Sega Mania Podcast - only took us five episodes to keep (mostly) on topic! Beginning this episode is a new segment: Games We Missed. Every episode, we'll be picking a game not reviewed in the magazine (up to 1994) to play and discuss on the pod. This episode, we randomly drew Alex THE Kidd in Miracle World for Master System. It's a game we'd all played before, and one that...well, it's not great. If you're a huge fan of the game, prepare your...


Ep. 4: It’s got Iain Lee on it

You read that correctly, Maniacs, this episode of SMP is a special one as we got an actual real celebrity famous person rich man to join us and chat about Sega - former host of the 11 O'Clock Show, 3rd place-finisher in I'm A Celebrity, and big Sega fan Iain Lee! We answer some listener questions on games that disappointed us, games that weren't as good when we went back to them as adults to review them for the mag, Xbox vs PlayStation and more! Iain tells us about asking, and receiving, a...


Ep. 3: Ectoplasm

It's a spooky, ghostly episode of SMP this time around. Definitely, 100% always about ghosts. Nothing else. The reason for this is we hear another unfortunate tale from Rob 'The Unluckiest Writer in Literature' Kirkup, as his dream interview with Freddy Flintoff gets... well you'll have to listen to find out! We also discuss the games we've been playing recently before diving into a Know Your Enemy-style quiz based on 1994. Closet Nintendo fans rejoice, this one's for you! In the letters...


Ep. 2: What a Bunch of Rankers

We're back, baby, and for some reason we decided to undertake the mammoth task of ranking every game covered in Issue 1 of Sega Mania Magazine! The result? One rather long podcast and a rather upset Rob (Golden Axe Massive, rise up!). Either side of arguing about which Mega Drive game's dad could have your dad, we're talking about what we've been playing. Yes, Steve's answer is still Halo Infinite. We end the podcast with some listener questions, and there are some doozies in here. You'll...


Ep. 1: 3200 Hours

Welcome to official podcast from Sega Mania Magazine! Alex, Rob, Sam, Simon, Steve and Tim are here to give you the inside scoop on all things Sega Mania. In Part 1, we talk about our most and least favourite games from issues 1-3 with a few sneak peeks into the upcoming issue 4. Part 2 brings you some current Sega news, and Part 3 focuses on what we've all been playing over the holiday period. Finally, Part 4 is everybody's favourite - a quiz! Guess the game from snippets of reviews...